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Texas Laws | Human Resource Code
HUMAN RESOURCES CODE
TITLE 5. SERVICES FOR THE BLIND AND PERSONS WITH VISUAL DISABILITIES

Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2397, ch. 842, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979. Amended by Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2437, ch. 842, art. 2, Sec. 12, eff. Sept. 1, 1979; Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 793, Sec. 12, eff. Sept. 1, 1985; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 198, Sec. 2.130, eff. Sept. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1325, Sec. 13.08, eff. Sept. 1, 2003. (7571)

Amended by: (7572)

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 281 (H.B. 2702), Sec. 4.06, eff. June 14, 2005. (7573)

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 268 (S.B. 10), Sec. 32(f), eff. September 1, 2008. (7574)

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 4.348, eff. April 2, 2015. (7575)

Sec. 91.0211. SERVICE DELIVERY BY TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION. (7576)(Text)

The Texas Workforce Commission has primary responsibility for providing vocational rehabilitation services and other services and programs under Subtitle C, Title 4, Labor Code, notwithstanding Section 91.021(a) and subject to receipt of any required federal approval to administer those services and programs. A power or duty under this chapter, including rulemaking authority, of the department, the commissioner, or the executive commissioner that is applicable to those services or programs is a power or duty of the Texas Workforce Commission with respect to those services or programs. (7577)

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1138 (S.B. 208), Sec. 6, eff. September 1, 2016. (7578)

Sec. 91.023. ASSISTANCE WITH REHABILITATION SERVICES. (7579)(Text)

The department may furnish materials, tools, books, and other necessary apparatus and assistance for use in rehabilitating the blind and persons with visual disabilities. (7580)

Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2398, ch. 842, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979. (7581)

Amended by: (7582)

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 4.350, eff. April 2, 2015. (7583)

Sec. 91.027. BLINDNESS EDUCATION, SCREENING, AND TREATMENT PROGRAM. (7584)(Text)

(a) To the extent that funds are available under Sections 521.421(j) and 521.422(b), Transportation Code, the department shall operate a Blindness Education, Screening, and Treatment Program to provide: (7585)

(1) blindness prevention education and screening and treatment to prevent blindness for residents who are not covered under an adequate health benefit plan; and (7586)

(2) transition services to individuals with visual disabilities eligible for vocational rehabilitation services under Section 117.102. (7587)

(b) The program shall include: (7588)

(1) public education about blindness and other eye conditions; (7589)

(2) screenings and eye examinations to identify conditions that may cause blindness; (7590)

(3) treatment procedures necessary to prevent blindness; and (7591)

(4) transition services. (7592)

(c) The executive commissioner by rule shall prescribe eligibility requirements for the program. (7593)

Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2398, ch. 842, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 510, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 198, Sec. 2.115(a), eff. Sept. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1140, Sec. 1, eff. June 20, 2003. (7594)

Amended by: (7595)

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 87 (S.B. 1969), Sec. 27.002(11), eff. September 1, 2009. (7596)

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 4.351, eff. April 2, 2015. (7597)

Sec. 91.028. SERVICES FOR CHILDREN WITH VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS. (7598)(Text)

(a) The department may provide services to children with visual impairments to supplement the services provided by other state agencies if the department determines that the provision of the services is appropriate and that the services will assist the children in achieving financial self-sufficiency and a fuller and richer life. It is the intention of the legislature that all state agencies concerned with children with visual impairments cooperate fully to achieve this purpose. (7599)

(b) The executive commissioner shall establish, by rule, the income level at which the Medicaid eligibility of a client applying for services under Subsection (a) shall be verified. (7600)

(c) The department shall verify the Medicaid eligibility of a client applying for services under Subsection (a) whose income level is equal to or less than the income level established by the executive commissioner under Subsection (b). (7601)

(d) The department shall verify the Medicaid eligibility of a client who is required by the department to apply for Medicaid not later than the 90th day after the date the application for services from the department under Subsection (a) is made. (7602)

(e) In verifying Medicaid eligibility, an employee of the department shall: (7603)

(1) examine appropriate state or private Medicaid eligibility databases; and (7604)

(2) record on each client's case records whether Medicaid eligibility was verified, the source of the verification, and the date of the verification. (7605)

(f) Except as provided by Subsection (g), a person may not solicit, disclose, receive, use, or knowingly permit the use of records or other information concerning an applicant for or recipient of children's program services that is directly or indirectly acquired by an officer or employee of the state or its political subdivisions in the course of the officer's or employee's official duties. (7606)

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